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Is this too many backpacks?

Postby Liquid Shadow » Sun Feb 03, 2013 5:09 pm

I'm trying to revamp my whole backpack lineup within the next month. Would like to get some opinions from you guys.

I'm looking to have 4 backpacks to cover all bases:

1. Black Diamond Bbee 11L - for day hikes or short climbs around Boulder
2. Black Diamond Burn 28L - for single day 14er assaults (already own this pack, love it)
3. The North Face Verto 26L - for summit day on multi-day 14er assaults such as Capitol or Little Bear (this is compressible while the Black Diamond Burn is not)
4. Black Diamond Mercury 65L - for lugging all the gear on multi-day 14er assaults

Is this too many? What do you guys think?

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Re: Is this too many backpacks?

Postby ezabielski » Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:39 pm

Seems like you only own the Burn?

The bombproof mountaineering Mercury 65 honestly seems like overkill for most situations. What about this backpack are you really going to need? It's so heavy -- 4lbs 11oz! You can get an Osprey Exos 58 (2lbs 8oz - Medium), save 2 lbs 3 oz (!) and like $60 or something.

To answer your question, if you use your packs, you can't have too many. My "arsenal":
Osprey Exos 46
Osprey Stratos 26
REI Flash 18 (original)
REI Flash 62
Kelty Lakota 65 (need to give away).

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Re: Is this too many backpacks?

Postby Kiefer » Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:55 pm

No way. Too many backpacks? Inconceivable!
I own 6 myself.

Black Diamond Infinity 60L
Osprey Aether 85L
Black Diamond Sonar 35L
Black Diamond Bullet 15L
Marmot Eiger 38L
Camelback 5L (hardly ever use)

You seem at least to me, to have a good spread of capacities.
If you start to get into lightweight or ultra lightweight backpacking, that 11L youo're looking at would make for a good
summit pack. I use my Bullet (15L) as a summit pack...even in winter.
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Re: Is this too many backpacks?

Postby Liquid Shadow » Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:13 pm

Well I want the Mercury because I want a 65 liter pack and the suspension on it is supposed to be amazing. I want a pack that can last that I can use on Rainier and Denali one day.

Right now I have a REI Flash 18 (old one) and a High Sierra 45L bag and I use both. I'm giving both to a friend though after I get the new packs.

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Re: Is this too many backpacks?

Postby TallGrass » Sun Feb 03, 2013 7:19 pm

REI Flash 18 : 18L, 11oz, exterior attachment points, key pocket, reversible as stuff sack, hydration compatible, tool loop, $25-35. On my list.
Not sure if I'll do more 14ers. The trip reports are too tiring. :wink:

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Re: Is this too many backpacks?

Postby RoanMtnMan » Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:09 pm

Nice selection. You can never have too many :-D . Kidding of course. Below is my junk show.

Image

If I had to walk the backpack purchasing labyrinth again. I would purchase:

-Osprey Talon 11L. For light and fast trail days.

-BD Anarchist 45L with the lung. For everything from hut trips, to sledding, to backcountry skiing.

-Cilo 60L Dyneema worksack. For long expedition type trips.

Another pack in the 30-40L range for light summer 2-3 day trips or ice/rock climbing is a nice to have, but not a must. If you can stuff a multi day summer outfit in a 26L then awesome. Makes me think I may need to rework things!

That would cover most everything for my adventure preferences. And I like how the mentioned packs carry. Though dare I state it, nothing has eclipsed the old Dana Designs packs from a comfort and functionality standpoint.
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Re: Is this too many backpacks?

Postby MountainMedic » Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:54 pm

Roan, that picture borders on the pornographic. Absolutely beautiful.

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Re: Is this too many backpacks?

Postby RoanMtnMan » Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:23 am

MountainMedic wrote:Roan, that picture borders on the pornographic. Absolutely beautiful.


Funny, my wife isn't totally happy I decreased our bedroom count by one. It makes me happy though!
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Re: Is this too many backpacks?

Postby BillMiddlebrook » Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:36 am

RoanMtnMan wrote:
MountainMedic wrote:Roan, that picture borders on the pornographic. Absolutely beautiful.


Funny, my wife isn't totally happy I decreased our bedroom count by one. It makes me happy though!

:lol:
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Re: Is this too many backpacks?

Postby wildlobo71 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:43 am

RoanMtnMan wrote:Nice selection. You can never have too many :-D . Kidding of course. Below is my junk show.


Cripes, I have work to yet do... I only have half of a two-car garage claimed for 5 packs and the rest of my gear... although my Jeep is considered part of my gear, too - If it weren't for such things as a lawn mower and two spare dart boards, my garage would have this potential.
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Re: Is this too many backpacks?

Postby peter303 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:45 am

I have four too acquired over the years. Several double as travel luggage. One has no external zippers or pockets to keep urchin's fingers out of my stuff.

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Re: Is this too many backpacks?

Postby atalarico » Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:13 pm

It takes a while to figure out what packs work for you and for which situations they work best. Not that I use all of mine, but my list is below:

A 12 year old Gregory Palisade
A brand new Gregory Alpinisto
An older Gregory Whitney
A newer Gregory Baltoro
An REI Flash 18 (staff edition)
An REI Pinnacle (a few years old)
An Osprey Stratos 24
A Black Diamond Covert Avalung

I think that covers it. I think my old Palisade will never die. They just don't make them like they used to.

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